DOT wants Saddle Road support letters


State Department of Transportation officials are asking the public to write letters to the Federal Highways Administration in support of funding for the last section of the Saddle Road extension.

DOT Director Glenn Okimoto said the department must submit its Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Grant application by June 3. Okimoto said he would like to include letters from the community talking about the importance of extending Saddle Road from Mamalahoa Highway makai to Queen Kaahumanu Highway near Waikoloa Beach Drive. Okimoto said letters must be submitted to the DOT no later than May 24.

DOT officials said residents should consider the following criteria when preparing the letters: long-term outcomes, job creation, economic activity, improving the condition of existing transportation facilities and system, contributing to the United States’ economic competitiveness, fostering livable communities by increasing transportation choices, improving energy efficiency, reducing dependency on oil, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the safety of U.S. transportation facilities and systems.

Address letters to Glenn Okimoto, Director, Department of Transportation, State of Hawaii, 869 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, HI 96813.